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Amit Varma

The Times of Hindu    
April 20, 2011, 9:04 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Check out this letter to the employees of the Hindu from their editor, N Ravi. Most of the letter is a whine about how N Ram is trying to sack him—internal politics of little interest to outsiders. But this bit is astonishing: In the recent period, editorial integrity has been severely compromised and news coverage linked directly to advertising in a way that is little different from paid news.  A meaningless distinction has been sought to be made between walls and lines, and the walls...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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The Thunderous Silence    
December 24, 2010, 2:23 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

This is the 30th installment of Viewfinder, my weekly column for Yahoo! India, and was published on November 25. Indian journalism stinks right now. A few weeks ago, a plagiarism controversy broke over at India Today. Content theft is alarmingly common in Indian publications, but this was different because it involved the editor. Aroon Purie’s bylined editorial had lifted a few sentences, verbatim, off a piece written on Rajnikanth by Slate journalist Grady Hendrix. In Twitterverse and...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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It’s Only Words    
December 24, 2010, 2:20 pm | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

This is the 29th installment of Viewfinder, my weekly column for Yahoo! India, and was published on November 18. The world is so insane that it is a wonder satirists have a job. I read recently in Hindustan Times—yes, HT, not an Indian version of The Onion—that the makers of Golmaal 3 have been sued by The Indian Stammering Association “for mocking people who stammer.” Shreyas Talpade stammers in the film, and the other characters reportedly keep making fun of him. (I haven’t seen the...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Dear P Chidambaram    
December 10, 2009, 8:23 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Dear P Chidambaram A newspaper report today states that you are willing “to drop all cases against Telangana activists booked since November 29.” Many of these ‘activists’ were booked for rioting and damaging public and private property. Now, for political purposes, you wish to drop charges. I don’t get it. For the rule of law to mean anything, surely the law must take its course. Even you, as the home minister, cannot be above the constitution. How then can you justify this move? I’m...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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‘They Did Not Have Any Purdahs Inside Their Body’    
December 9, 2009, 11:22 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

As I blogged a few days ago, the TED Talk at TED India that most moved me was by a lady named Sunitha Krishnan, about trafficking and sex slavery. That talk is now online. Watch: Also, check out this follow-up interview with Krishnan. * When Krishnan’s talk was over, and the standing ovation subsided, a woman in the audience stood up and said that she would donate US$10,000 to Krishnan’s organisation if ten other people would make the same commitment. Within moments, 10 other...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Education    
October 16, 2009, 11:15 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Another superb quote I just came across: When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’ -- Quentin Tarantino It’s the same with books and writing, I’d say. You learn first by reading for pleasure—and then by writing. I’m not sure what you could learn in a classroom.  The India Uncut Blog © 2007 Amit Varma. All rights reserved. Visit: India Uncut * The IU Blog * Rave Out * Extrowords * Workoutable * Linkastic ...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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Chetan Bhagat’s Achievement    
January 29, 2009, 6:00 am | தலைப்புப் பக்கம்

Jai Arjun Singh has a superb post on Chetan Bhagat, in which he quotes Bhagat as saying: See, reactions to any book take place on so many different levels. Literary critics think my books are so safe, and that they don’t challenge anyone at all, but the fact is that these books often shock the middle-class people who are their primary readers. Whether you like it or not, you have to take into account the responses and feelings of even naïve readers. In Five Point Someone, when I had the...தொடர்ந்து படிக்கவும் »
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